“Family-run hotel with sleek design and a fab roof terrace, bringing great prices and an easy style to the centre of town”
All rooms are immaculate. The rather masculine décor blends moody tones of slate grey, midnight blue, chocolate brown and dark gold with plenty of contrasting textures and tactile surfaces. You’ll find leather or suede headboards, marble floors, voile curtains, silky bedcovers, plumped-up pillows, brushed-velvet cushions, a desk, perhaps an armchair if there’s space. You get all the necessary bits and bobs, too: sleek bathrooms, power showers, minibars, hairdryers, flat-screen TVs (note there are limited English-speaking channels), air conditioning, WiFi, good lighting, fluffy towels and a few toiletries.
On our last visit we stayed in a Superior Room overlooking a quiet courtyard at the rear of the hotel. We loved the terrace with its table and easy chairs - perfect for making the most of the evening sun. Other Superior Rooms, which can be made up with twin beds on request, have balconies opening onto the lively street below, but double-glazing helps to keep the peace at night.
Double Rooms are a little smaller, and a few have balconies or terraces. The hotel also has a couple of Single Rooms without external windows for solo travellers on a budget, plus a Family Room.
There is never a rush to breakfast in Spain. You can always count on a lie-in and the Constanza is no different, with breakfast available until 10.30am. You get the typical Spanish continental buffet. The juice may not be freshly squeezed, but you can take your pick from pastries and croissants, quiches and cakes, cereal and fruit, cold hams and cheese, and a couple of hot options like scrambled eggs. It isn't included in the room rate, so you can also try out some of the nearby cafés or head out in search of churros y chocolate.
The hotel also has its own tapas bar, Bruc 33, which we have not sampled yet but gets good reviews; note that it often closes for a month or so around August. And the cocktails on the roof terrace (open from May to October) are superb - expensive, but worth it.
You won’t have any trouble finding a good bite beyond Constanza’s doors. Casa Calvert (in a Gaudí building) serves quite expensive Mediterranean food in a sophisticated setting, while nearby bookshop LAIE has a lovely café for lunch and coffee. You’re on the southern tip of the Eixample, and El Born, El Raval and the Barri Gòtic are all within walking distance, so you can pretty much follow your nose and end up at some fabulous eatery without having to rely too much on luck.
Children of all ages are welcome, and you're well placed to explore the city (without being in the thick of it).
Teens (over 12)
The Family Rooms can sleep 4, which has a double/twin bedroom with an exterior window, an adjoining room with a double sofabed, and an ensuite bathroom. The single rooms are useful for teenagers who want their own space. Superior Rooms can hold an extra bed and baby cot.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking